The following is a small part of a longer set of comments posted by Gary Schwartz (RPI) on 22 October 2007:
As I noted in my incredibly voluble original posting ["From the Other Side of the Counter – Leading a University Open Source Project"], the Bedework project has it raised our expectations and lifted our horizons. It reminds me very much of what I call the “Golden Age” of university computing, the 1980’s, when RPI was a member of the MTS (Michigan Terminal System) consortium, with about 10 other universities in the US, Canada, and the UK. We had the privilege of collaborating with and competing with talented software developers from other universities, and that too lifted our horizons. The Bedework experience has been very positive and rewarding in much the same way.